Two in and two out as in­jury woes strike again

RUGBY

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THE Wee­don Lane in­jury curse struck once again on Satur­day as Amer­sham & Chiltern went down to a third suc­ces­sive de­feat.

Although Stu­art Day and Ross Bud­gen were wel­comed back into the side, Rhys Keith was lost to a hand in­jury sus­tained at work dur­ing the week, while Dean Maclen­nan suc­cumbed to a neck prob­lem just be­fore kick off.

To com­plete an un­wanted tre­ble, Tom Black­burn was taken to hos­pi­tal with a se­ri­ous-look­ing shoul­der in­jury after half an hour of the game against Guernsey.

At that stage, Chiltern were win­ning 7-5 thanks to a Bud­gen try and Jack Kenyon’s con­ver­sion, but Guernsey had hit back to level mat­ters at 10-10 by half time, de­spite a fur­ther penalty from Kenyon.

Chris Jack’s un­con­verted try put Chiltern back in front after the break, but a try deep into stop­page time lev­elled the scores once more and the con­ver­sion won it for the vis­i­tors 17-15.

Down in South­ern Coun­ties North, Bea­cons­field are also suf­fer­ing from a string of in­juries, es­pe­cially in the back row, and went down 43-12 at Thatcham, with tries from Ryan Mor­gan and Andy Brodie not enough to trou­ble the hosts.

But in the same di­vi­sion, Drifters had an im­pres­sive bonus point win at Alch­ester. A brace of tries apiece from Rob Wills and George Coombes, plus seven points from the boot of Olly Ash­ton, won it for the Farn­ham Common side.

In the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier, Che­sham went down 42- 26 at Wheat­ley, but there was bet­ter news with the an­nounce­ment that U15s Ben Po­p­ley, Ed Lunt and Ar­jan Gill have all been se­lected for the Bucks U15s side to take on Hert­ford­shire on Novem­ber 5.

Photo by Ross Thom­son

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